The Heartwarming Story Behind the Batik Table Runners

These brightly colored fabrics have been crafted into MacBook laptop cases and clothing for Urban Outfitters. Now, let these traditionally-dyed fabrics grace your home this holiday season. Presenting the hand-dyed batik table runner.

Designed by Della, an ethical company that uses a community of women and men in Ghana to produce their handcrafted originals, this table runner is a perfect symbiosis of both skill and passion.


In Ghana, women will sometimes spend two years training as unpaid interns before being let into the workforce as a seamstress, only to find they won’t be earning a living wage.

Launched in 2009 by Tina Tangalakis, Della is a team of 55 employees located in Ghana. These women and men are given steady employment and unprecedented employee benefits, like education, training, opportunities for volunteering, and savings and entrepreneurship classes.

IMG_3073Della’s employees get to create beautiful products using traditional textiles from the Volta Region. All proceeds are used to give employees financial stability.

The company focuses on community and work-life balance.Employees can take out loans and attend literacy classes to complete their secondary degrees. Women teach sewing at a local orphanage a couple times a week in order to empower themselves and build leadership skills. Once in a while, they’ll surprise the employees with field day activities. Della has their own volleyball team!

The batik table runner was crafted uniquely for GlobeIn using traditional hand-dyed methods. This table piece will not only brighten your table, but all your holiday conversations.

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Post by Barbara Lee.

Barbara is a world traveler who is passionate about sustainable food systems, responsible consumerism, and holistic living. Her professional background and interests include writing, cooking, non-profit work, and eco-conservation.